Antonetti, Luis F.

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Luis F. Antonetti
  • Of Counsel


San Juan, Puerto Rico



(787) 767-9333



Luis F. Antonetti is Of Counsel to the Firm and a former Director of the Labor and Employment Law Department. Mr. Antonetti practices in the areas of labor & employment law, occupational safety & health, arbitration, and mediation.

Mr. Antonetti is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and past president of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Puerto Rico Bar Association and of the Inter American Bar Association (IABA). He is a Council Member of the IABA. He authors the section on Puerto Rico Labor and Employment Law in the ABA-BNA/Bloomberg publication titled International Labor and Employment Laws and of Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by State Survey, also published by ABA-BNA/Bloomberg. He has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of Labor and Employment Law and has written articles published by labor law journals and human resources publications. He has been selected by his peers worldwide to the Who’s Who of Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Antonetti is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Areas Of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Affirmative Action Plans
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Defendant
  • Disability & Illness Discrimination Americans with Disabilities Act -- Employer
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employer
  • Employment Contracts -- Employer
  • Employment Discrimination and Retaliation
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -- Employer
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Labor Disputes
  • Labor Legislation
  • Labor Relations Boards & Proceedings
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) -- Employer
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexual Discrimination
  • Specialized in Arbitration and Mediation
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Wage & Hour Laws -- Employer
  • Whistleblower Law (Sarbanes Oxley and others)
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act -- Employer
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals
  • Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Workers' Compensation Fraud
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Workers' Compensation Subrogation
  • Wrongful Termination -- Employer

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1978


  • University of Puerto Rico Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Fordham University, New York, New York
    • B.A. - 1970

Published Works

  • Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, Inside the Minds, Leading Lawyers Offer Strategies for Dealing with Discrimination Suits, Best Practices for Handling Discrimination Suits: From Working with New Clients to Changes in Relevant Laws, Aspatore Books, 2008
  • Revista del Colegio de Abogados, El Arbitraje Mandatorio en los Contratos Indiviuales de Empleo, Vol. 62 nums. 3 y 4, Octubre-Diciembre, 2001
  • Workplace Violence: Its Legal Perspective and its Socio-Economic Impact, Revista de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
  • A Modern Approach to Pregnancy Discrimination: Puerto Rico's Working Mothers Protection Act, The University of Memphis Law Review, Spring/Summer, 1999
  • Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueno El Arbitraje Mandatorio en un Ambiente No-Unionado: Su Proposito y Viabilidad the Arbitration Agreements after Circuit City Store v. Adam, Simposio de Derecho Laboral - Universidad Interamericana, 1998


  • Significant Employment Law Changes in PR, National Retail Federation
  • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law in Puerto Rico, Employment Law Alliance
  • Violence in the Workplace, Strategic Solutions
  • Benefits and Licenses Administration, Chamber of Commerce, 2000 to 2000
  • Latest Developments in Employment Law, Products of Puerto Rico Association
  • Policy of Drug Free Workplace, Strategic Solutions
  • Minimum Wage, Payment of Salaries and Overtime, Employee Relations Consultants Group
  • American with Disabilities Act, Puerto Rico Labor Relations Professionals
  • Professor - Labor and Employment Arbitration at the Master Degree (LLM) Program, Interamerican University School of Law in Puerto Rico

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Member - The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • Merit Certificate - Puerto Rico Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association and Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Member, 1977 to Present
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2002 to Present
  • Employment Law Alliance
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council
  • National Retail Federation
  • Puerto Rico Labor Relations Professionals

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder and President, Puerto Rico Down Syndrome Foundation, Inc., 1988 to 2007
  • Co-Founder and Board Member, Puerto Rico 2000, Inc., 1990 to 2007
  • Puerto Rico Bar Association Foundation, 2005 to Present


  • Spanish
  • English